Ready for Business Fund Is Distributing More Than $200,000 in Cash Grants to 76 Small Businesses in Washington – whatcomtalk.com

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The Ready for Business Fund – a relief program launched by GSBA, Washington State’s LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce, and Comcast – is distributing $2,500 and $4,000 cash grants to 76 small businesses throughout Washington state. The Ready for Business Fund was founded in the summer of 2020 with an initial $100,000 investment from Comcast and designation of GSBA as the fund manager. To date, the fund has supported more than 200 small businesses in Washington with nearly $1 million in financial support and wraparound services.

The Ready for Business Fund was renewed this year with an additional $75,000 in funding from Comcast and GSBA, reprising its role as the program and fund manager. Grants from the Ready for Business Fund will be made possible by more than $150,000 in additional donations from Pepsi, T-Mobile, US Bank, Meta, and Verity Credit Union and a $100,000 grant from King County. These funds will now support small business owners across all industries, including local restaurants, bookstores, bistros, shops and stores, which are an important part of the social fabric in our communities.

“GSBA recognizes the importance of investing in the small businesses that are critical to a thriving community and economy,” said Ilona Lohrey, GSBA president and CEO. “We are proud to once again partner with Comcast to grow our Ready for Business Fund to support a diverse group of business owners who need our help now more than ever.”

The Ready for Business Fund was created to support small businesses in Washington, especially those owned by LGBTQ people, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), and women, who are at greater risk in today’s uncertain economy. Grant recipients also include small businesses located in rural areas of Washington that lack proximity to resources.

“We’re grateful for our continued partnership with the GSBA to recognize so many resilient small businesses through the Ready for Business Fund,” said Diem Ly, Community Impact director, Comcast Washington. “We at Comcast believe and act on our shared value that ensuring equitable access to resources for BIPOC and LGBTQ-owned businesses means all of our communities and neighborhoods benefit in the long-run.” Feel free to adjust as you see fit!

“Between recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns over inflation, our small businesses have faced some of the most difficult struggles over the last few years, and it is up to our community to step up and support them. That’s why partnerships like the one between King County, GSBA and Comcast are so imperative right now,” shared King County Councilmember Joe McDermott.

GSBA assembled a selection committee consisting of diverse community and business leaders to evaluate the applications received. Notifications to grant applicants about the status of their application have begun and awards will be delivered beginning this week. All grant recipients will also receive wrap-around services, including GSBA membership and consulting.

Ready for Business Fund grant recipients include:

Business Name Location
Nature’s Twist Auburn
Sparks Designs Bellingham
Seattle Spartans Bothell
Amano Seattle Burien
Ballyhoo Theatre Edmonds
KO-AM TV Federal Way
Yolo West Coast LLC Federal Way
Issaquah Eataeries, LLC Issaquah
That Curl Girl Kennewick
The honest beauty Kennewick
South 2 West Boiled Peanuts, LLC Lynnwood
Burial Grounds Coffee Collective Olympia
RUZICKA CPA, PLLC Olympia
Strong Family Bonds LLC dba SGT. Hart’s B Olympia
Quiet Glamour Puyallup
Paunchy Elephant Renton
Basecamp Books and bites Roslyn
bedhead fiber Seatac
Fruit and Flower DBA Floret Seatac
23rd Ave Brewery Seattle
A.L.A. Consulting Firm Seattle
Aide-mémoire Seattle
All Things Auto Seattle
Blendily Seattle
Dreams Unlimited LLC dba Modern Mind Labs Seattle
Inclusive Data LLC Seattle
Jasmine Nicole Luxury Perucas Seattle
Local Yokels/Savory Sound Foods LLC Seattle
LOLiDE Seattle
Melted Porcelain Seattle
Orange Tea School Seattle
Soul Collective Seattle
Sound Therapeutic Acupuncture Seattle
The Green Deli Store Seattle
Victoria Odell Real Estate Seattle
Windhorse Rocks Seattle
WithTheRain Seattle
Aluel Cellars Seattle
Aluel Cellars Ballard Seattle
BADBAR LLC Seattle
Bakehouse Inc. DBA Flora Bakehouse Seattle
Biang Biang Noodles Seattle
Big Little News Seattle
Conviviality Inc. DBA Cafe Flora Seattle
EL CHITO LLC Seattle
Get In My Belly Catering Seattle
GigRoster™ Professional Entertainment Seattle
Honest Biscuits Seattle
King Donuts Seattle
Lillie’s Passion LLC Seattle
Moon Village Bakery Seattle
Queer/bar Seattle
Reclaim Clay Collective Seattle
Rita’s Fine Foods Inc. dba Glo’s Seattle
Seeking Ferments Seattle
Stone Way Eateries, LLC Seattle
Tert I Inc dba The Wildrose Seattle
The City Catering Company, Inc. Seattle
The Cuff Complex Seattle
The Shanghai Pearl Presents Seattle
The Station Coffee Shop LLC Seattle
The Woods Seattle
Tutta Bella Culinary, LLC Seattle
U14 LLC dba Union Seattle
NW ROOFING SERVICES Snohomish
Atomic Threads Boutique Spokane
Stage Left Theater Association Spokane
BodiedbyJalee LLC Tacoma
Diane ruff studio Tacoma
ME Restaurants Tacoma
Munch Mobile Tacoma
Lucina-Selene Tulalip
All The Wishes Vancouver
DC Visitation Vancouver
Panache. Vancouver
Professional Latino Services LLC Vancouver

More information is available at theGSBA.org/ready-for-business.

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